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New Medical Marijuana Rule Discussed

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PHOENIX, Ore. — Rules are now in place for Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries. The state announced those rules this week, but rather than ease tension, they have both sides preparing for a fight.

Dispensary licenses are first come, first served, which means when they become legal in March, the floodgates will open and applications will start pouring in – whether cities like it or not.

For would-be dispensaries like the Greenery, the choice is a no-brainer. They say they’d like to work with the blessing of their local leadership in phoenix, but if they don’t apply they’ll miss their chance.

Meanwhile city leaders say they need more time to weigh the pros and cons and evaluate their options rather than relying on good faith. Leaving both sides preparing for a legal battle.

“For us it’s been our choice for a long time to make sure the medicine gets to the patients, but at this point in order for us to continue doing that we may have to put the resources to the legal system,” explained the Greenery Executive Director, Andrea Adams.

Representative Peter Buckley, one of the members of the rules advisory committee for the state, says cities will have to weigh the options of trying to deny dispensary licenses.

The rules do subject dispensaries to local laws, but it isn’t spelled out that cities have the ability to outright ban them. Meanwhile dispensaries say they’re willing to take the time after sending their application to prove they can be a good neighbor.

The greenery has offered to pay extra taxes or fees to the city, and lend support to local public works projects.

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  1. Impacts of Marijuana says:

    All we have to do is look at what is happening in California, Colorado, and Washington to see that marijuana brings many impacts to the Safety of our communities.

    Oregon said no twice to pot storefronts, and again said No to pot legalization in November of 2012.

    As District Attorney Jackie Lacey from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in California noted in a letter to Governor Kitzhaber regarding HB3460: “Although regulating marijuana activities in your state maybe a noble endeavor, legalization marijuana sales through the storefront model is not the answer. We know this first-hand. Our empirical evidence proves that storefront pots shops are merely fronts for drug dealing.Drugs, money and crime are inextricably linked. Directly tied to the influx of storefront pot shops is the increase in crime and drug abuse. We are also experiencing an increase in illegal commercial warehouse grow operations, mobile delivery services and injuries and property damage caused by explosions from the volatile THC chemical extraction labs operated by “patients.”

    In Colorado, regulation and enforcement of marijuana dispensaries cost the Denver Police Department approximately $640,000. This number did not reflect Patrol involvement, Public Nuisance
    Abatement involvement, civilian employee involvement, such as the crime lab testing and complaint database maintenance or other agency involvement such as the City Attorney’s Office which has had to devote staff specific to medical marijuana issues; also Zoning, DFD, NIS, Environmental Health, Building
    Inspection, E&L, etc. who all have some involvement

    There is no such thing as safe and regulated pot when it is still a federally illegal drug.

    Below is just one example of the impacts Oregon’s marijuana program has had on our communities.

    http://www.katu.com/news/investigators/West-Linn-Police-Bust-Major-Marijuana-Ring-Involving-High-Schoolers-234339201.htm

  2. Impacts of Marijuana says:

    CORRECTED LINK TO ABOVE COMMENT

    Below is just one example of the impacts Oregon marijuana program has had on our communities.

    http://www.katu.com/news/investigators/West-Linn-Police-Bust-Major-Marijuana-Ring-Involving-High-Schoolers-234339201.html

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